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Former Presidential Candidate Tells Educated Dreamer To Go To Another Country

On a recent episode of CNN’s “Messy Truth,” anxious Dreamer Elizabeth Vilchis shared concerns that she could be deported when Trump becomes president in January.

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“I will lose my career – my career will come to an end – if [DACA] ends. And I will also potentially be labeled for deportation,” Vilchis told Messy Truth panelists, which consisted of CNN pundit Van Jones, Ana Navarro, and former Senator Rick Santorum.

As a Dreamer, Vilchis is one of the more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country when they were minors.

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Vilchis was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was seven years old. Because of the DACA program, which protect people in situations similar to Vilchis’, she was able to get her degree in mechanical engineering, and has spent the past decade helping students enter careers in engineering.

After explaining her story to the panelists, Vilchis asked, “How would you advise someone like me for planning their future?”

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For anyone in her situation, this question could provide people very helpful insights on how they can protect themselves in the coming months. However, former Senator Rick Santorum’s answer was anything but helpful.

“You have the ability to go to any other country right now and apply those wares and be successful and then reapply to come back to America if you so choose.”

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In short: don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That was the response from former Senator Rick Santorum, effectively telling Vilchis to look elsewhere for  work. If Vilchis was deported, the process to return to the U.S. for her specifically could take up to 10 yearswhich would undo everything she’s worked for.

Santorum’s response drew outrage on social media.

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How does turning away educated, productive members of society benefit the U.S.?

As an engineer, Vilchis is working in a field that is very necessary to for an economy’s health. However, over the last several years, the U.S. has seen a marked decline in students looking for careers in this field.

Those who have followed Santorum’s career know that this is par for course.

On the positive side, Trump has claimed he is willing to “work something out” for people in Vilchis’ situation.

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Keep in mind that Trump has also appointed a climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a man who opposes minimum wage increases as secretary of labor, and an unqualified man as secretary of housing and urban development. So leaning on Trump’s word might not be the most responsible approach to long term life plans.

If there’s one thing to take away from this, it’s the compassionate words Ana Navarro had for Elizabeth Vilches.

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“You’ve got to tell your story, and change and affect public opinion. Because your stories are beautiful. They’re the stories of the American dream.”

Afterward, Navarro tweeted more words of encouragement.

Watch the entire exchange here.

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Ana Navarro Is Ready To Support Joe Biden And His VP Pick Because Trump Is Still Worse

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Ana Navarro Is Ready To Support Joe Biden And His VP Pick Because Trump Is Still Worse

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Ana Navarro is a Republican who is appalled at the Trump administration. Navarro has not held back in calling out the Trump administration when its decisions have hurt immigrants for no reason. Now, she is revved up for Joe Biden to save the nation from four more years of a Trump administration.

Ana Navarro is gearing up to take down President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Navarro first became outspoken against President Trump during the contentious 2016 campaign. She spoke out against his rhetoric that seeded hate in the American public against Latino people. The well-known Republican political pundit voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 in an attempt to save the nation from President Trump.

“It still hurts my heart every time I think of him coming down the escalators and calling Mexicans rapists and criminals,” she told NBC News.

Navarro is known for her unapologetic and no-nonsense approach to political commentary on Twitter.

Navarro is not one to mince words. The political pundit shared her betrayal by the Republican Party because of Trump. In a 2016 op-ed, Navarro spoke out about her disgust against the two political parties, she tried her best to wait it out so that Trump could lose steam. However, she was forced to vote for Hillary Clinton because it was a vote against President Trump.

“I voted against Donald Trump because I am an immigrant. Trump has spent this campaign focusing on the very bad things done by a very small group of very bad immigrants. He has portrayed immigrants as criminals, rapists, and murderers,” Navarro wrote in her piece. “He does not talk about the contributions immigrants have made to America. He does not talk about immigrants who have made this a better and stronger country. He does not talk about the thousands and thousands of immigrant names that fill the Vietnam Wall in Washington or that are carved on so many headstones in every US military cemetery around the world.”

Four years later, Navarro is continuing her charge to get rid of President Trump.

Joe Biden is expected to make his announcement this week about his vice-president pick. There is a lot of talk that the choice is between Senator Kamala Harris and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. The two Black women are poised to become vice presidents and the nation is waiting for a decision.

With Biden’s VP pick drawing near, Navarro is calling on people to stand up for their values and not fall for Trump’s tricks.

Calling on moments from his past, Navarro is calling on people to not fall for Trump’s racist rhetoric. Navarro is not someone to mess around and speaks her mind on Twitter. As the election gears up, Navarro’s Twitter page will fill with more and more takes on the current administration and their future plans.

Stay tuned as 2020 election coverage grows.

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Abby Huntsman Will Be Departing ‘The View’ With Ana Navarro As A Potential Replacement

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Abby Huntsman Will Be Departing ‘The View’ With Ana Navarro As A Potential Replacement

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One of ABC’s “The View” co-hosts, Abby Huntsman, 33, announced on Monday that she is leaving her role on the long-running daytime talk show. Huntsman, a former Fox News personality and moderate voice on this show, says that her departure is due to her desire to help her father, former U.S. ambassador to Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman, with his campaign for Utah governor. Her role on her father’s campaign will be as a senior advisor. 

Huntsman joined the “The View” at the start of Season 22 in September 2018, with the show currently in its 23rd season. She is expected to have final appearance on Friday, Jan. 17. In a memo obtained by Fox News that was also sent to staffers, Huntsman said her time on the “iconic” show needed to come to an end in order to support her father.

“After much deliberation over the holidays, I have decided to leave the show to dedicate myself full-time in support of my dad and his campaign for Governor of Utah,” Huntsman wrote in a memo to staff. “You know I think the world of all of you … ABC will always hold a special place in my heart, and so will all of you.”

The announcement comes as a surprise to some who didn’t see the departure coming so abruptly. Yet sources say Huntsman leaving was a long time coming after feuding with Meghan McCain and “toxic” atmosphere on the set.

“We have some bittersweet news to share. Abby Huntsman is leaving ‘The View’ to help run her father’s campaign for Governor of Utah and to spend more time with her young family. As you will see in her note below, she made the tough decision to move on over the holiday break,” producers wrote to “View” staff members. 

Yet, there is a lot of rumors and sources commenting on why Huntsman really is leaving “The View” with many pointing at a strained relationship with controversial Meghan McCain, the show’s lone conservative voice. But according to Page Six, their entire vibe on the show started to be “toxic” and it was attributed to how ABC treated Huntsman. 

“It’s an unhealthy environment — just the way that things are handled during shows and how people deal with each other. It’s intense,” a source told Page Six. “ABC treated Abby like s–t, but everyone on the show gets treated like s–t,” the source added. “She was smart enough to do something about it.

There was also dissatisfaction coming from viewers about Huntsman not bringing much to the table in terms of engagement. According to the DailyMail, show researchers found that viewers found her ‘bland’ and “didn’t feel that she had a clear point of view.”

 “Abby was added to the show without chemistry-testing with the other women mainly because she had a prior relationship with Meghan McCain and ABC was desperate to make Meghan appear more likeable.”

According to sources that spoke to the DailyMail, ABC already has someone in mind to take the seat: frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro. 

Sources tell the Dailymail that Huntsman’s departure couldn’t have come at a better time as ABC is looking to hire frequent guest co-host Ana Navarro to take her seat. Navarro would join McCain as the lone Republican voices on the show. The source says that the combo of Navarro and McCain is something a national audience would be able to handle considering the two have previously worked together. 

‘It’s no secret, the audience loves Ana. Whoopi, Joy and Sunny love Ana,’ the source said. ‘The producers love Ana. Giving her more days would be a no-brainer for sure. But since ABC News has taken over The View, the right thing is rarely done anymore, which is why the turnover rate on this show post-Barbara is so high.”

But there is still a lot of questions left to be answered including how Navarro would be able to be a permanent co-host considering she lives in Miami. “The View” films its show in New York City which would mean that Navarro, who is a newlywed, would have to split time in both cities. 

To date, ABC has not confirmed or commented if Navarro would be hired to replace Huntsman. 

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